Tag Archives: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

CANTLON: PACK LOSE SUNDAY TO PENS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins controlled the play and were able to score timely goals and beat the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-1 before 4,987 Sunday afternoon at the XL Center.

The Penguins wasted little time building a two goal lead in the third period. Just 10 seconds into the period, Tom Kostopoulos, a right handed shot on the left wing waited patiently as Andrew Ebbett escaped a check from Conor Allen and one-timed the pass to the stick-side of Yann Danis for his twelfth of the season and second of the game.

“It’s one of those quick turnaround games after a big home game, to drive through a snowstorm and have a long bus trip. The older guys like us had to take charge to lead the way on days like this,” Ebbett, the game’s first star, said. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 23-March 1, 2015

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BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (30-17-4-3, 67 pts.) split four games this past week, to take over second place in the Northeast Division and fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.  After a 3-2 loss in Portland Tuesday night, the Pack won back-to-back overtime games on the road, both on goals by Oscar Lindberg.  Lindberg scored 33 seconds into OT Friday night in Springfield, giving the Wolf Pack a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over the Falcons, and the second-year Swedish import struck again at the 5:48 mark of the extra session Saturday night at Lehigh Valley.  That capped off a wild, 5-4 Hartford triumph, but Sunday saw a 6-0-1-0 home-ice streak come to an end for the Pack, in a 4-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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BELL: PENGUINS POUND PACK

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BY: George Bell,  Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, February 22, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack absorbed a loss at home on Sunday to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, by a score of 4-1.  It was just the fifth time in the last 20 games (12-5-2-1) that the Wolf Pack were unable to gain a point in the standings. The team seemed to be visibly suffering from their grueling travel schedule of late, something Coach Ken Gernander pointed to as the reason for several miscues.

“Once you go down against a team like that, they’re solid defensively,” Gernander said after the game.  He expressed that his team was worn down from their late arrival last night in Hartford but, like every team in the American league, they had to find a way to grind through the hard traveling schedule. Continue reading

PACK RECALL AND SIGN ESCOBEDO TO PTO

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Has 15 Points and a +16 in 44 ECHL Games with Greenville

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack  

HARTFORD, February 22, 2015:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed defenseman Sean Escobedo to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Escobedo, a 6-1, 204-pound second-year pro out of Boston University, has skated in 44 games this year with the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors, scoring three goals and adding 12 assists for 15 points and logging 32 penalty minutes.  The 24-year-old Bayside, NY native is also a +16, good for second-best among Road Warrior defensemen and third-best on the team. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: A WEEKEND TO GAIN GROUND

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Cromwell, CT – February 20, 2015 - The Hartford Wolf Pack are a bit more rested than they were when they took on the Portland Pirates Tuesday night. They continue their, “road-trip” albeit just 20 miles up the road in Springfield against he Falcons on Friday night. The MassMutual Center has been a tough place the last couple of years, but recently, the Pack have had solid success in the building and have won the last three meetings there against the Falcons.

“We’re expecting and preparing for a tough game there. We expect nothing less from them,” said Pack head coach, Ken Gernander.

Springfield is beginning a three-games-in-three night schedule themselves. To their advantage, all three of those games are at home. The Falcons have a line up that is banged up with nine regulars out for the past few weeks. Springfield is especially thin on defense. This will be a slightly different lineup than Hartford has seen from the Falcons. One big addition for the Falcons comes up front at forward as one-time, Avon Old Farms product, Brian Gibbons, was reassigned by the parent Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday. Continue reading

CANTLON: LATE GOAL BURIES PACK IN PORTLAND

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Playing undermanned and under siege, the Hartford Wolf Pack dropped a 3-2 decision on a late third period tally after a goal crease scramble to the Portland Pirates at the Cross Insurance Arena on before a crowd of 2,523 on Tuesday night.

The game winning goal came as the Wolf Pack were hemmed in their own zone by the Pirates and were unable to make a much-needed line change to get some fresh troops out there.

The goal came about when Steve Spinnell’s clearing pass was knocked down at center by the Pirates’ Brendan Shinnmin, who was back from recall with the Arizona Coyotes. Shinnmin took the puck and raced in, getting off a shot on goal. Yann Danis, starting in net for the Pack, was unable to corral the shot and the puck was loose around the net. The Pirates’ Phil Lane swatted at it and got enough of it to get it to squirt off of Danis.  Tyler Gaudet was there at the left post and jammed the loose puck into the net for his fifth of the season with just 3:40 remaining in regulation. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 16-22, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 16-22, 2015

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (28-15-4-3, 63 pts.) had a busy four-game week this past week, and registered five out of a possible eight points, to jump into a tie with Springfield for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Northeast Division.  The Wolf Pack started the week with a 3-0 loss at St. John’s Tuesday night, their fifth shutout-against of the season, and then suffered a 5-4 shootout defeat in a rematch the next night, despite getting a goal and two assists from Chris Bourque and a goal and an assist from Chris Mueller.  The Pack rebounded, though, to sweep a home-and-home series from Northeast Division rival Albany Saturday and Sunday.  Mueller and Danny Kristo had two goals apiece in a 5-2 home-ice win for Hartford Saturday night, and a late third-period goal by Mueller short-circuited a Devil comeback Sunday in Albany, giving the Wolf Pack a 4-3 triumph. Continue reading